New Panamera Turbo S: is very fast

1 November, 2013 | by Sam Philip

Maybe it’s mere coincidence. We suspect not. Earlier this year, Aston Martin released its uprated Rapide S, pushing the power of its V12 four-door from 350kW to 405kW. Which was just a few more horsepowers than the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.

Now Porsche has announced the facelifted, even-more-powerful, even faster Panamera Turbo S. Power from its twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 rises to 419kW, 14kW more than the current Turbo S and a dozen horses ahead of that pesky Rapide.

Porsche has liberated that extra power through a new brace of turbochargers with larger compressors, and increased injection pressure by 20 bar. Torque also rises by 50Nm to a meaty 750Nm, with an overboost function raising it to 800Nm for short bursts.

All of which adds up to an indecently rapid machine. The upgraded Panamera will do 0-100kph in an official 3.8 seconds – though remember Porsche is notoriously conservative with its acceleration figures – and a top speed of 311kph. Enough to make the 306kph, 0-100kph-in-4.9-secs Rapide look pedestrian.

Despite the power hike, Porsche claims economy of the Panamera Turbo S has risen 11 per cent to 10.2 l/km

The facelifted Panamera Turbo S will officially debut at the Tokyo show later this month, and will should land in the South African by  January.


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